Aug
5
2014
Louis Oosthuizen wins the PGA Long Drive Competition
By Bernie D'Amato under PGA Championship

 

Louis Oosthuizen bombed his drive 340 yards on the 10th hole to win the 2014 PGA Championship Long Drive Competition. Louis beat some big hitters with Jason Day (338 yards) coming in second followed by Johan Kok (337 yards, club professional) and Gary Woodland (330 yards).

During Tuesday’s practice round, The PGA of America brought back the long drive competition, which started at the 1952 PGA at Big Spring CC in Louisville. Perhaps, the most famous winner of the competition is Jack Nicklaus, who launched a 341-yard drive to win in 1963, and won the competition again in 1964.

Rory McIlroy is the talk of the town with his long drives at Firestone, but he hit a snapper that missed the fairway. After he hit the drive, he told Stephanie Wei that Jack Nicklaus “still uses the money clip that he won in ’63, so he’s quite proud of it.”

Padraig Harrington decided to swing Happy Gilmore style, but he missed the fairway on his first drive, and then hit an unofficial second drive 335 yards.

Controversy arose when Bubba Watson decided to forgo the competition by hitting a 3-iron. Basically, Watson said he would rather prepare for the tournament instead of participate in a long drive contest. Bubba is catching a lot of heat for his decision, but I think it is no big deal.

It was cool to watch some coverage of the competition on The Golf Channel. Adam Scott held the lead for a while at 320 yards, but then Keegan Bradley hit one 326 yards. Rickie Fowler, who played in the same group as Keegan, smashed his drive 328 yards. When Gary Woodland stepped up to the tee box, he took a violent swing that rocketed the ball 330 yards. I didn’t see Oosthuizen hit, but I’m sure it was great entertainment for the fans at Valhalla.

Final Results of the 2014 PGA Championship Long Drive Competition (10th hole), courtesy of the PGA of America:

1. Louis Oosthuizen 340 yds.

2. Jason Day 338 yds.

3. Johan Kok 337 yds.

4. Gary Woodland 330 yds.

5. Rickie Fowler 328 yds.

6. Keegan Bradley 326 yds.

7. Danny Willett 322 yds.

8. Adam Scott 320 yds.

9. Sergio Garcia 320 yds.

10. Scott Piercy 320 yds.

–Bernie D’Amato (@bdamato711)